There came a time after two years where I had to renew my license so as to continue teaching/exhorting at Covenant PCA. By the time my two year internship was over I had become very disillusioned with being a gospel minister in the PCA/Covenant PCA especially. I did go through the process of being examined by a group of PCA ministers in a back room at Covenant PCA. These ministers asked me several questions and I answered them honestly. These ministers after I left the room voted not to renew my license to exhort. I found this out after I had left the church and gone home. Joey called me at home told me, but encouraged me to come back to the church and explain some of my answers to the ministers questions more in-depth. Over the phone I told Joey I was tired of the whole business. I was tired of being something I was not. But I did go out that following week I have these calling cards made so as to reaffirm to myself that I did personally believed I was called to be a soul doctor/spiritual director. (no one was going to close my mouth-that I would not go silently to the grave)
Dr. Joey Pipa Jr.
Years later I took classes to become a Spiritual Director and during the course of those classes I realized I was not called to be a Spiritual Director either.
These calling cards have been mainly used for book markers. I do not think I have ever given anyone one of these cards.
So these days I believed I am called to live a simple Christian life. I am waiting it out.
(I should add that we were in Houston five years. I did look for a call for three years after my two year internship. There was no Church. No one at Covenant PCA offer to help us. I could tell you many stories about our time in Houston TX, one of the worst times of my Christian life. But it was also a time when I came to see there is no such thing as the American Dream. I came to see that the Christian life is one of suffering.)